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  1. ioana

    Love, Balls and Courting: Tennis V

    Believe you mean on-court coaching is legal on the WTA tour since box coaching gets called for violations plenty of times on tour. It's very true the on court coaching option tends to widen the gulf between players who have financial backing/success and those who don't, but it can sometimes make...
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    The boot saga continues :(

    The one drawback to removing original soles (for me) was lack of padding/warmth. The original Jackson insoles were really nice, but my arch was too high for my feet to fit in properly. Fit was fine afterwards, but skating in the winter definitely required fleece bootcovers/leg warmers over the...
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    International Adult Figure Skating Competition, May 14-19, 2018 in Oberstdorf GER

    Midori did compete in the artistic event and looked very happy https://instagram.com/p/Bi9j1MkFfYN/
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    International Adult Figure Skating Competition, May 14-19, 2018 in Oberstdorf GER

    Midori Ito was on the entry list again, but not sure if she's still going. Would be awesome in case she is.
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    UPDATED/CONFIRMED: Evgenia Medvedeva leaving Tutberidze for Orser

    That might be some of the best news yet. I always thought she got lost in the shuffle this past Olympic season with some snoozy programs that did nothing to showcase her extension and power. Hopefully the right coaching team and choreographer can help with that. She's got talent to spare and I...
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    Competitions with Decent Number of Adults

    Mass-centric recommendations from my end, but that shouldn't come as a huge surprise Colonial adult challenge is fun and has all-adult entries http://comp.entryeeze.com/Home.aspx?cid=141 North Shore Open and Boston Open both have some adult entries, but more on the several side rather than...
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    The Ross Miner Cheer Thread

    Ross will be skating in the Ice Theatre of New York show on Thursday, May 17th for anyone in the New York area. ITNY usually has some nice, creating group numbers and it would be great to see Ross perform with them https://www.nycharities.org/events/EventLevels.aspx?etid=10511
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    2018 U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships, April 10-14 in Marlborough, MA

    Adult competitions are generally fun since everyone is very supportive, but this was one of my better experiences as a competitor. My other friends in the event are now joking they will try to cut back on training since that seemed to work really well for me.
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    2018 U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships, April 10-14 in Marlborough, MA

    Seemed to be average rink temperature to me (i.e. winter jacket should be good enough), but as a disclaimer I didn't watch anything longer than one hour at a time. Upstairs area with vendors and results/start orders is nice and warm, on the plus side.
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    2018 U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships, April 10-14 in Marlborough, MA

    Coffee bribes to get help moving them around, lol! Are you doing bronze light interpretive? One of the other adult skaters from my club is in the event so I should be around to watch -and am happy to help with props, if need be:cheer:
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    2018 U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships, April 10-14 in Marlborough, MA

    Silver ladies non-qualifying events were on today & there were a lot of good programs on display. It's actually really nice to have large events for non-qualifying with 3 warm-up groups. Am sure it helps the LOC and makes it easier to host an event, as well. Also, we get some of the best...
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    Adult Competitions

    Thank you! I am signed up for the non-qualifying event and should hopefully be able to make it barring any work disasters. Which, unfortunately are not that rare.
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    Adult Competitions

    Did my program for the first time today at a local event. Considering I was at single digit run throughs and have only done about 3 of those with music, am happy to report I (almost!) made it through. Wiped out setting up my last spin, before I even stepped into it (skillz!) but then decided to...
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    Practice Thread

    Believe this all depends on how much separation is expected between slow to fast crossovers. Pattern looks similar to the one currently in use for adult gold in the US, but expectations for us are to have 3 fairly well delineated rhythms, slow tight crossovers, medium paced crossovers in a...
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    Practice Thread

    Finally started doing runthroughs this week since I am competing in 2 weeks at a local event and then doing (nonqualifying) Nationals. Have done lots of program sections, which I guess must have worked because the few runthroughs were not a (total) disaster. Clearly high expectations! Plan of...
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    Skater who have skating to The Artist soundtrack

    Valentina Marchei, back in her singles days https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEhVeKk-NR4 Taichi Honda (Marin's older brother), mostly just for the footwork sequence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvTNLY5gKgQ#t=95s
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    CALLING ALL COMPETITORS HERE...HOW MANY X'S MEDALIST ARE YOU?

    For some of the local competitions, there might only be 2-3 of us in Adult Silver to begin with, so being a medalist isn't that much of an accomplishment in and of itself. For me it's always been about skating my program well, not so much where that places me. To be fair, I never placed badly...
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    UPDATES ON MY DREAM TO LEARN TO ICE-DANCE...WISH ME LUCK!!

    Glad you were able to have a good lesson @FSWer. Sounds like you're making some good progress with your basic skills so you're definitely on the right track. Fingers crossed you are able to figure out a good time to keep having lessons -or at least keep skating on your own.
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    Practice Thread

    Thank you! They've definitely come a long way. Still a ways away from passing standard, but will enjoy the progress part for now :)
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    Practice Thread

    Some progress on the first pattern of novice moves. As in, I managed to get through about 4 of them which is great by my standards. So many quality errors to fix, but am happy I can still move through all the turns these days. https://www.instagram.com/p/BWSsdQpA3hY/?taken-by=icesk8r_22
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